The saying was originally said to be hungry as a church mouse. Churches in the 1600’s had no kitchens to cook meals and no storage or pantries to store food. A mouse that was so unlucky to take up residence in a church would find no food there. The lucky mice would find a place to live in the cellar of a house, kitchen or shop, not a church. As time went on, the saying was changed from hungry to poor.
Cleckeaton Methodist Church has some very new and special mice of its own having undergone a major refurbishment with new furniture by the famous ‘Mouseman’ company of Robert Thompson’s Craftsmen Limited Now mice are traditionally the enemy of both pipe organs and digital ones. They can eat the leather work of traditional instruments and nibble on cables of the electronic ones, so we are not usually happy to see mice about a church.
However, here above you see them as endearing and amusing embellishments on the fine new church furniture. I am sure they will capture the imagination of the younger members of the congregation who may well play a game of find the mice during some part of the service. I particularly like the one who has nibbled his way through the corner of the new pew.
Our contribution to the refurbishment was a new Envoy 35-F instrument installed with 4 external speakers. The instrument is our standard medium oak finish which matches well the colour of the new furniture. The final voicing of the instrument was done by Anthony Bogdan of Anthony Bogdan Organs Ltd who worked with us on this customers installation.
Our customer commented:-
“Many thanks for the time, care and attention you have given to the installation and voicing of our new Viscount Envoy 35F organ, installed as part of our church refurbishment programme. We have received friendly, courteous and professional service throughout, and I would have no hesitation in recommending you to others looking for a digital organ.”
– Alan Littlewood, Organist Cleckheaton Methodist Church
The organ specification is as follows:
|Sub Bass||32||Double Diapason||16||Geigen Diapason||8|
|Open Wood||16||Open Diapason I||8||Chimney Flute||8|
|Open Metal||16||Open Diapason II||8||Echo Gamba||8|
|Bourdon||16||Claribel Flute||8||Voix Celeste||8|
|Principal||8||Stopped Diapason||8||Geigen Principal||4|
|Bass Flute||8||Principal||4||Wald Flute||4|
|Choral Bass||4||Harmonic Flute||4||Flageolet||2|
|Great to Pedal||Tremulant||Tremulant|
|Swell to Pedal||Swell to Great|
I have had a passion for church organs since the tender age of 12. I own and run Viscount Organs with a close attention to the detail that musicians appreciate; and a clear understanding of the benefits of digital technology and keeping to the traditional and emotional elements of organ playing.